Next-gen Apple TV runs iOS - could be jailbroken

That stuff up in the picture just there, that's code. We don't understand it, we don't want to understand it and we don't want you to have to either. What's important though is that this is the code for the recently announced Apple TV system and what that arrow indicates is that it's based on the same iOS as the iPad and iPhone.

Why is this important? Well, the answer, dear friends, is apps. If Apple TV works on iOS then it can run apps as well. For an idea of why this might be a good thing, you can take a look at a few app ideas we came up with for Google TV.

Apple could add iOS 4 support to its Apple TV offering bringing with it apps for the living room Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, has hinted in an interview.

"When the time is right, Apple could open an App Store for the TV that could do for television sets what all those apps have done for the iPhone." Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting the CEO as suggesting.

But the Apple TV could have a challenger on its hands from within the company itself:

Asked if the iPad could evolve into the TV of tomorrow, Jobs shrugs and says, "That's how I do most of my TV watching today."

Now, it's quite possible that the Ministry of Jobs will not allow this kind of tom foolery, however, given that it's rather simple to jailbreak iPhones and iPads, it's not much of a stretch for the community to do the same with Apple TV and come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful add-ons for you home cinema pleasure. Stick that in your Apple and watch it.

Like the sound of that? What apps would you come up with for watching TV? Let us know in the comments.



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